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Dig into the history of geology for a captivating read on how we got to where we are today. Find out why gold is so valuable, and how it’s been used over the centuries.

2016 PDAC Special Part 2

Z Hut

2016 PDAC Special: this is the second half of a chapter from my book “The Last Great Adventure, Part One”, (a work in progress). When the book finally gets published the profits will go to the Baca Ortiz Hospital for Children in Quito. One day I got a phone call …

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2016 PDAC Special Part 1

Keith and Parrot

This is the first half of a chapter from my book “The Last Great Adventure, Part One”, (a work in progress). The second half will follow in the next few days. In 1998 I was in Caracas, Venezuela, a partner in a gold and diamond venture with a group of …

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What I’ve been up to

Several readers have asked me, “Where have you been for nine years?” The short answer, “Hey, I’ve been busy!” Someone asked if I’d been in “suspended animation…..another (jokingly I hope) said, “I thought you’d died.” As Mark Twain put it, “Rumours of my death are premature.” Well, to focus on …

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Rock Bottom

Rock Bottom Restaurant

Denver is the home of the United States Geological Survey and a popular watering hole for geologists for many years has been the Rock Bottom Pub. Maybe it’s the micro-brews many geos I know are partial to; maybe it’s the word “Rock”, or the tongue-in-cheek that once you’ve crossed the …

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Who Wants to be a Billionaire?

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

“Like gold, U.S. dollars have value only to the extent that they are strictly limited in supply. But the U.S. government has a technology, called a printing press (or, today, its electronic equivalent), that allows it to produce as many U.S. dollars as it wishes at essentially no cost. By …

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Gold Manipulation – Nothing New Under the Sun

Abraham Lincoln Memorial

“The fact that their scheme might bankrupt innocent men, destroy commerce, ruin the country’s standing in the world credit markets, and cover themselves with scandal never entered the conversation”. – The Gold Ring A small clique of speculators, industrialists, and bankers, aided and abetted by a few Washington insiders and …

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Funny Money

Monopoly Money

The following words were written in 1976! “To consider what is immediately practicable as well as desirable, we believe that it would be very unwise for any country or for the IMF to pursue policies (e.g. large gold sales or purchases) that would cause big fluctuations in the world gold …

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The Great Diamond Fraud of 1872

Diamond Rings

Well it’s December 23rd and we’ve shut the books on 2001. We’d like to take the opportunity to thank all of our readers for support and encouragement over the last few months. “Straight Talk” is now read in 23 different countries. Next year we’ll be bigger and better. All the …

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Straight Talk on Silver: Part 2

Silver Mine

“Mining is the backbone of wealth and the spinal column of all certainty.” – Cecil John Rhodes Silver, like gold, platinum, and palladium is considered one of the precious metals. This differentiates it from zinc, copper, lead, nickel and tin which are base metals. What makes a precious metal “precious”? …

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